As another year draws to a close it only seems like yesterday that we enjoyed the Inverloch Rally way back in March – unbelievable how quickly the year has gone.

Some Club members during the past year have experienced poor health and others have lost loved ones, we wish these members & their families best wishes and hope 2019 offers improved health for those who are presently unwell.

Club events during the year haven’t always been well supported by members. Most rides seem to only attract 10 to 15 participants. Granted poor weather can result in low numbers, but a Club of around 400 members should be able to regularly attract I would have thought, a 5 to possibly 10 percent attendance rate on a reasonably regular basis. Club rallies do however continue to be well supported.

Being an optimist, I will put a positive spin on this situation. Effective 2019 your committee will be pulling out all stops to do all it can to attempt to increase the Club events member participation rate.

If we are not offering you the sort of ride / event that should lure you and your classic to attend and you have a suggestion to improve the events we offer – PLEASE tell us. We will listen.

In 2019 some slower / shorter rides will be offered with a backup trailer to suit older classics. We will also look at offering a breakfast ride & possibly a late afternoon ride finishing with dinner. These variances to past rides will obviously be run during appropriate months.

So, with that said, please support the Club events being offered in 2019.

As of and including the February General Meeting, there will be a trade table at all future General Meetings for members to sell their unwanted treasures. Please bring clean items, labelled with your name and the selling price.

Our thanks and appreciation go to Club member Steve Inman who has enthusiastically launched our Club onto Facebook, we might be a bit slow keeping up with the times but finally we have embraced the world of social media, many thanks Steve.

Thanks also to Martyn Goodwin for managing classic eNews over the past few years, Vice President Graham has now taken on this role, thank you Graham. For members who do not have email we are initiating a mechanism to keep you up to date on any important issues that are currently circulated by classic eNews.

On behalf of the committee and myself, I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a healthy and prosperous 2019 and stay safe while riding during the holiday period.

Don’t forget there will be no General Meetings in December and January, next meeting 20th February 2019.

There are of course rides during these months, so check the ride calendar in Sprocket and the website and I look forward to joining you on a Club ride over the Christmas break.

Merry Christmas

Ian Snadden

President CMCCV